Remarkable for their movement and expression, conveyed with only a
few well-placed strokes of a pen, the drawings of Al Hirschfeld
(b.1903) have beguiled the American public for nearly 80 years. His
deft technical mastery and droll wit have earned him wide
recognition as one of the top caricaturists of all time.
Coinciding with an exhibition of the artist''s work at the
Museum of the City of New York, this delightful, affordable
paperback showcases, for the first time, the artist''s
irrepressible view of New York life. From 1920s Harlem to the
Algonquin Round Table, these cunning scenes -- elucidated by
curator Clare Bell''s text and an introduction by New York Times
columnist Frank Rich -- form a portrait of the city''s vanished
cultural landscape that is as irresistible as it is unique.